URBAN NATION OPENING
Street art and urban art are always exposed to the risk of being damaged, destroyed, painted over or stolen due to weather, vandalism and other influences. In many cases, the state of the ephemeral is also part of the concept of the work or one of the consequences if art is placed and left in public space without being asked. Inspired by the ephemeral situation, the idea of a museum emerged that the fleeting and ephemeral art of the street – urban art – is dedicated to and exhibits it, while at the same time making the history of this worldwide artistic movement tangible. Urban art has shaped Berlin in recent decades and, among other things, has ensured that the city is perceived as an international art metropolis. It was no coincidence that the first Urban Art Museum was built here, of course, since Berlin is also considered the “graffiti capital” of Germany, if not Europe. The charisma of the museum extends far beyond Berlin. Because urban art is current and global – a democratic, low-threshold art form that is interactive and accessible to everyone, moves all generations and nations and creates social dialogue.